ESPN creates outdoor studio for Wimbledon coverage

ESPN has added an outdoor studio to its Wimbledon coverage this year, dubbed the “Orchard Set.”

Located atop Henman Hill at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the small setup has a unique view that brings more greenery and surroundings into the broadcast.

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“It does help convey the unique Wimbledon ambience and a contextual sense of place,” said Jamie Reynolds of ESPN on ESPN Front Row. “It helps fulfill our constant desire to provide the viewer with ‘access and discovery’ behind the velvet rope.”

The studio space is shared with the BBC, with ESPN having it during daytime coverage. ESPN tried this same concept for last year’s US Open in New York, leading them to bring it across the pond for Wimbledon.

ESPN's indoor studio at Wimbledon. Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images

ESPN’s indoor studio at Wimbledon. Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images

ESPN also has an indoor studio, which includes a large anchor desk and views of the facility, which has been in use since 2012.

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